Governors discuss phases of ACA implementation at NGA conference
Posted on August 2, 2012 | No Comments
On July 19-20, 2012, the National Governors Association (NGA) convened 40 states and territories in Washington, D.C. to discuss a range of critical decision points and considerations related to addressing health system challenges. Over the course of two days, state officials exchanged ideas, lessons learned, and potential promising practices. Many states confirmed they are in different phases of implementation of two widely discussed provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) – Medicaid expansion and Health Insurance Exchanges. However, there is a high degree of uncertainty about the next steps for many states. Before committing to a particular course, states are weighing their options, factoring in additional guidance from the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and in some cases, awaiting the results of the next presidential election. Meeting participants also noted the need for greater state flexibilities and opportunities to guide the implementation of the ACA. Moving forward, states are interested in continuing to engage in meaningful discussions with HHS.